Having championed consolidation locally in the storied Princetons case, Princeton Township Deputy Mayor Sue Nemeth now wants to expand her area of influence and run for the Assembly in LD 16.
“I’m definitely interested in running,” said Nemeth, who just won re-election to her local seat in a landslide.
A fundraiser for the Eagleton Institute for American Women in Politics for the past 20 years, Nemeth said she is a good fit for the newly configured 16th District.
She was raised in Somerset County, lived in Middlesex and now lives in Mercer.
“The Legislature is something I’ve had my eye on for some time,” Nemeth told PolitickerNJ.com.
A self-described moderate Democrat who successfully campaigned for consolidation of the Princetons and who focused on budget and financial issues in her first term, Nemeth would not have voted for public sector worker pensions and benefits cuts, she said.
“I believe in collective bargaining,” the former NJ Citizens Action organizer told PolitickerNJ.com. “I take offense to that (pensions and benefits cuts). There are lots of ways to scrub down the budget without targeting public workers.”
Nemeth said she has the ability to work across party lines in a new 16th she describes as a tough swing district.
At least three other names continue to buzz as potential LD 16 candidates for the Democratic Party: teacher Marie Corfield of Hunterdon County and South Brunswick Councilman Joe Camarotta (both of whom ran this year and narrowly lost to the GOP; and Maureen Vella of Hillsborough, who ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate this year.
From among the four counties with pieces in the 16th District, Democrats need to pick one.